British Tone Poems Vol.1 | Chandos CHAN10939

British Tone Poems Vol.1


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10939

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd March 2017



Alongside their British Isles Overtures series, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Rumon Gamba launch a project to bring often neglected symphonic poems by British composers to wider attention and fame.

This first volume presents some of the most individual, yet rarely heard, British tone poems written in the early twentieth century, by composers ranging from the long-established Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Alwyn to Balfour Gardiner and Granville Bantock, giants in their time. Works include Bantockís atmospheric The Witch of Atlas, based on a poem by Shelley, Frederic Austinís symphonic rhapsody Spring, Gardinerís evocation of summer A Berkshire Idyll, recorded here for the first time, and Gurneyís mysterious A Gloucestershire Rhapsody, never performed before 2010.

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